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The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635, by Frederick Clifton Pierce (Chicago: 1895)
Transcribed by the Whitney Research Group, 1999.
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3936. vi. ELIZABETH, b. Jan. 17, 1809; m. at Wadham's Mills Benjamin FAIRCHILD; res. Burden, N.Y. He was b. June 8, 1787; d. Jan. 15, 1855; a farmer. Ch.: Elizabeth Smith, b. June 16, 1847; m.
Nov. 7, 1872, J.N. STOWER; res. Burden; Benj. Smith, b. Sept. 22, 1849; m. Nov. 15, 1871; d. Jan. 15, 1876. 3937. xi. LEMUEL, b. Dec. 21, 1801; d. Dec. 29, 1801. 1884. CYRUS WHITNEY (Lemuel, Joshua, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), b. Sept. 20, 1770; m. Apr. 12, 1796, Ruth MAYO, b. Sept. 2, 1770; d. July 10, 1818; m. 2d Jerusha STEBBINS. Cyrus, son of Lemuel and Thankful GRIFFITH WHITNEY, was born Sept. 20, 1770, in Spencer, Mass. He moved with his father's family to Tolland, Conn., in 1778, and to Spring- field, Vt., in 1780. The family moved in the primitive fashion, which was then the only possible one, carrying their own food and driving their live stock before them. It was Cyrus' task on the way to Vermont, to lead two wild colts. At Bellows Falls he separated from his family, who kept to the east side of the Connec- ticut river, and took his way alone, save for the company of his colts, along the rough pathway and through unbridged streams in the bleak December weather to Eureka, a little settlement in Springfield, 15 miles away, where he arrived in safety though he was at that time barely ten years old. The colts, let us here say, were of the stock of the captured horses of Burgoyne's officers, and become noted horses in the new state. Cyrus was sent to school six months there, in Connecticut, to be taught to read, and three in Vermont to learn to write. He was an insatiate reader, particularly of his- tory. The Bible he regularly read through every year after his conversion, and toward the close of his life he read it through three or four times a year. He was well acquainted with the Apocryphal books and had read the entire works of Josephus twice. He was a farmer, and was able to do many kinds of handicraft which the farmer now seldom undertakes. He was a Baptist, and a Whig with strong anti-slavery principles. He d. May 20, 1860; res. Springfield, Vt. 3938. i. ARATHUSA, b. Jan. 30, 1797; d. Feb. 10, 1797. 3939. ii. WILLIAM WILSON, b. Mar. 7, 1798; m. Matilda WOLKES. 3940. iii. ABIAH, b. Nov. 11, 1799; d. unm. Jan. 13, 1862. 3941. iv. LEMUEL, b. -----; d. young. 3942. vi. RUTH, b. -----; m. Ephraim WALKER. Ch.: Jane M., m. J. W. KNEGOT; Cyrus, Cornelia, Agnes. She d. 1845; dau. Mrs. S. R. W. BRIGHAM, Rogers Park, Ill. 3943. vii. SALLY, b. July 11, 1803; d. unm. Jan. 5, 1825. 3944. viii. NORMAN K., b. Nov. 14, 1800; m. Mary PRATT. 3945. ix. EMELINE, b. July 23, 1823; res. unm. Rogers Park, Ill. 1885. BENJAMIN WHITNEY (Lemuel, Joshua, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), b. Springfield, Vt., 1774; m. in Essex, N. Y., Betsey BRAGG, b. 1772; d. May 22, 1857. Benjamin WHITNEY moved from Springfield to the town of Essex, N.Y., about 1810 and engaged in farming. He d. Mar. 20, 1827; res. Springfield, Vt., and Wadhams Mills, N.Y. 3946. i. ALEXANDER, b. June 21, 1798; m. Sophronia STREETER. 3947. ii. LUCIUS, b. Feb. 29, 1804; m. Thankful FRENCH and Minerva SMITH. 3948. iii. PHINEHAS, b. Dec. 25, 1800; he d. Nov. 28, 1866. 3949. iv. PHILENA, b. -----; d. unm. April 12, 1870. 3950. v. BENJAMIN F., b. -----; m. Lovina HODGKIN and Mrs. Mary VIALL; SAYRE. He d. Mar. 2, 1879. 3950 1/2. vi. BETSEY, b. -----; d. -----. [Note: Pierce has the following person's number as 1106 1/2 in error - Ed.] 1886. LEMUEL WHITNEY (Lemuel, Joshua, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), b. Jan. 3, 1779; m. Ellen KIMBALL. Left 2 ch. in Warrenton, O. Lemuel WHITNEY moved to Springfield, Vt., 1780, with his father. About 1800 he became a traveler, and during the next ten years he traveled through nearly every state in the Union. In 1811 he went to Ohio and married Ellen KIMBALL, of Warrenton, O. In 1813 he served on the frontier. After his return he started
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